- The group of robbers are said to have stormed the bank, but before they could finish their mission, soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene.
- The robbers, upon noticing that they were surrounded by soldiers, remained holed up in the bank for about six hours before they were smoked out using tear gas and arrested.
- “The immediate response by the police and military is very commendable and we truly appreciate them for their doggedness and commitment.”
An attempted robbery at a bank in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has been foiled by policemen and soldiers from the Guards Brigade. Four members of an armed gang have been arrested as one is confirmed dead, he was shot dead while trying to escape. Some of the bank’s staff and security officers suspected to have aided the robbers are also held by police from Mpape Division for questioning.
A statement from FCT Command of the Nigerian Police, signed by the Deputy Public Relations Officer, Yusuf Mariam, read:
“In prompt response to a distress call at Mpape, the FCT police command has foiled an attempted robbery attack at a First Bank branch at about 12:00, on Saturday. Police operatives were immediately deployed to the scene and engaged in crossfire with the robbers thereby foiling the attack on the bank with the back-up of the military. Consequently, four suspects were arrested and one shot dead as he tried to escape . . . The Command urges residents to remain calm as normalcy has been restored while reaffirming its commitment to nip crime in the bud and ensure safety in the FCT.”
The group of robbers are said to have stormed the bank, but before they could finish their mission, soldiers and police officers arrived at the scene. Local media reported that a standoff ensued between the security personnel and the robbers who were holed up in a branch of First Bank. The security team was seen on social media platforms trying to use other means to gain access to the bank, including entering through the roof. Dozens of armed policemen and soldiers surrounded the bank located along Mpape road opposite Crushed Rock Field, waiting for the armed robbers trapped inside the bank.
The robbers, upon noticing that they were surrounded by soldiers, remained holed up in the bank for about six hours before they were smoked out using tear gas and arrested. They came at intervals and surrendered as they were picked up by security personnel. One robber, who attempted to escape, was shot dead before he could get back to the premises. Four bags stuffed with cash were recovered from the robbers. The incident caused heavy traffic on the narrow road that leads to the community as huge crowd thronged the scene as the news of the robbery spread.
“We wish to inform everyone that the attempted robbery incident that happened at one of our branches in Abuja has been foiled; customers and staff are unhurt, and the suspects have been apprehend,” the bank said in an official statement. “The immediate response by the police and military is very commendable and we truly appreciate them for their doggedness and commitment.”
The Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation of the incident.